HESBURGH'S LAND OF LAKES MANIFESTO CONTINUES TO DESTROY THE CATHOLIC IDENTITY OF THE CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE United States

JANUARY 13, 2020

The Battle for St. Anselm College

ANNE HENDERSHOTT

CRISIS MAGAZINE

Fearing that New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm College is at risk of losing its Catholic identity, and that their voices will be silenced, members of the order of Benedictine monks of Saint Anselm Abbey—the monastic order that founded the college—have filed a lawsuit against Saint Anselm’s Board of Trustees. The lawsuit, filed on November 27thin Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester, asks a judge to prevent the college’s Board of Trustees from changing the bylaws without the consent of the monks. The first hearing took place last week.

Founded on August 1, 1889, when the New Hampshire Legislature incorporated The Order of Saint Benedict of New Hampshire [later re-named Saint Anselm College], the Legislative Charter granted the five founding monk members and their associates and successors the power to “make such bylaws for the government of said corporation, and the admission and expulsion of members and associates thereof, as they shall deem necessary and proper.”

These bylaws have not been changed in more than 130 years, although, in 2009—ostensibly to comply with the regional accreditor’s requirement for independent oversight—the bylaws were changed to increase the number of trustees to 40 and limit the number of monk members to 7 of the 40. Still, the bylaws continued to delegate substantial powers to the monks on the Board of Trustees.

However, in August of 2019, the leadership of the Board of Trustees proposed further changes to the bylaws—severely limiting the monk members’ power to determine what constitutes the College’s Catholic and Benedictine mission and identity. The proposed bylaws also limit the monk members’ power to approve changes to the bylaws, while extending the terms of the leadership of the Board of Trustees.

The lawsuit alleges: “The changes put forward by the leadership of the Board of Trustees carry an unreasonable risk of the secularization of Saint Anselm College. Saint Anselm College is a Catholic institution.” Responding to this, Ann Catino, Chair of the Board of Trustees, told a Boston Globe reporter that the monks are “trying to turn back the clock on Saint Anselm to a time when the religious order was in charge… We don’t want to retreat to the old opaque world that existed.”

Saint Anselm’s President, Joseph Favazza—who serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees—released a statement indicating that he “fully supports the Board of Trustees in their efforts to act on behalf of the College to resolve this matter.” Lauding the Board of Trustees’ willingness to “make it clear that in no way do they wish to impede the fundamental role of the Catholic, Benedictine mission and traditions of the college,” Favazza put the blame for the removal of the authority from the monk members squarely on the shoulders of the accreditors. Favazza said that the Board of Trustees is “committed to meet the NECHE (accreditors) standards which call for trustees to have sufficient independence to carry out their fiduciary responsibility to the governance of the college.”

The disingenuous plea for total independence from the Church and her clergy is a common one when Catholic identity is being deliberately diminished. Blaming accreditors has been a common theme—one that worked in the past for dozens of schools desiring to secularize their boards. However, it is false. The most important standard for national accrediting bodies is the requirement that the school remain true to its mission—providing the education they promised to students. In fact, in an accreditation report for St. Mary’s College of California by the Western Association of Colleges (WASC), the accrediting team faulted the college for a failure to allow the Catholic tradition to “truly guide” the institution. In his research on Catholic campuses, the late Rev. James Burtchaell uncovered a report by WASC which implied that St. Mary’s may be misleading potential students and their families about its Catholic identity. Publishing the report in his magisterial book, Dying of the Light, Burtchaell reported that the WASC team observed that “the liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions which are used to define the character of St. Mary’s College are appropriate and laudatory and consistent with WASC standards. However, we found little evidence that these traditions are truly guiding the institution.”

Rather than attempting to diminish the role of the Benedictine monks on their campus, it would seem that the Board would want to enhance it. The University of St. Thomas is included in the “list of faithful colleges” promoted by the Cardinal Newman Society, but that list is always dependent upon faithfulness to the Catholic identity. Mt. St. Mary’s in Maryland—a longtime “Cardinal Newman Society” university—was recently deleted from the CNS listing of faithful colleges.

It appears that Catino and her board appear to be part of a cohort of Catholic college leaders who seem to believe that the road to upward mobility for their schools circumvents the Church. This sentiment was first promoted by Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who served as Notre Dame’s president from 1952 until 1987. In his book, The Challenge and Promise of the Catholic University, he writes: “The best and only traditional authority in the university is intellectual competence… A great Catholic university must begin by being a great university that is also Catholic.”  In some ways it is laudable that Saint Anselm’s continued with its Benedictine charism for as long as it did. So many others succumbed much earlier. This formal distancing from the Church by most Catholic colleges and universities began on July 20, 1967, when Fr. Hesburgh gathered a small group of male Catholic academic leaders—including ten Jesuit priests—in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, to declare total independence from Church authority. Viewed nostalgically by progressive professors and administrators—and presumably now by board members as well—the statement was better described by Magdalene College professor Anthony Esolen as a “suicide pact” for Catholic higher education.

It is difficult to predict how the Anselm lawsuit will turn out. One thing is certain: Saint Anselm’s will not be the last Catholic college to attempt to diminish the involvement of priests on their campus.  The University of St. Thomas in Houston is currently embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the last Basilian priest from campus. Claiming that the school is making necessary faculty cuts for financial sustainability, the contracts of 30 faculty members, including three tenured professors, will not be renewed for the 2020-21 academic year. As Catholic News Agency reports, “one dismissed tenured faculty member is philosophy professor Fr. Joseph Pilsner, CSB, the former Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Basilian Fathers, the religious community that founded the university in 1947 and has served the school to this day.” Fr. Pilsner, a popular professor on the campus, is the last full-time Basilian faculty member on the Houston campus.

University of St. Thomas alumni have organized protests, and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott resigned from the university’s Board of Trustees after nearly a decade of service. Christopher Evans, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, claims that the decision was a “fiscal reality” and that “the absence of Basilians on the faculty is more a reflection of the Basilians themselves.” Others, both on campus and off, are not so sure.

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Anne Hendershott

By Anne Hendershott

Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education; The Politics of Abortion; and The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books). She is also the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church (2013).

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    REPORT: Record 3,000 Christian Sites in Europe Vandalized in 2019
    Catholic Churches desecrated
    Islamists
    Lgbt Tyranny
    Militant Feminists
    Muslim immigration
    This picture taken on October 19, 2016, in Saint-Denis, northern Paris, shows statutes at the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, which is France’s royal necropolis, the final resting place of the kings and queens of France. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    ROME — Christian sites in Europe suffered a record number of attacks in the year 2019, with some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments vandalized, looted, or defaced.

    Reports compiling the anti-Christian acts during the year document a range of profanation including arson, defecation, desecration, looting, mockery, Satanism, theft, urination, and vandalism.

    “Sadly, 2019 was punctuated by increasing incidents of desecration and vandalism of churches around Europe, along with the 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which captured worldwide attention,” the director of The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, Ellen Fantini, told Breitbart News on Saturday.

    “In most instances the perpetrators of these acts were unidentified, but the Observatory has documented that churches and other symbols of Christianity in Europe are targets for many groups — from Islamists to radical feminists, LGBT activists to anarchists and self-proclaimed Satanists,” Ms. Fantini said.

    In all, some 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019, making it a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege.

    The greatest number of acts of violence against Christian sites have occurred in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments “are being vandalized, desecrated, and burned at an average rate of three per day,” according to reports citing government statistics.

    Germany is not far behind, with attacks against Christian churches happening at an average rate of two per day. Meanwhile, attacks on Christian churches and symbols regularly occurred in 2019 in Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, and Spain as well.

    While the violence overwhelmingly involves Roman Catholic sites and symbols, in Germany, Protestant churches have also been targeted.

    Police and mainstream media almost always censor information about the identities and ethnic backgrounds of the perpetrators, so it is difficult to get a clear idea as to who is committing the crimes and the motives behind them — especially when they are religiously driven.

    In France and Germany, the sharp rise in anti-Christian attacks has coincided with the recent mass immigration from the Muslim world, yet the lack of official statistics makes it impossible to know precisely how many attacks can be attributed to Islamic anti-Christian hostility.

    “European governments and politicians, with a few exceptions, seem reluctant to address this problem,” Ms. Fantini told Breitbart.

    Fantini said she agrees with former UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that “the UK and other Western governments have not grappled with the issue perhaps because of a misguided political correctness or an instinctive reluctance to talk about religion.”

    In 2019, only nine European states reported hate crime data relating to Christians to the OSCE for their hate crime report, Fantini noted, which is fewer than the number of states that report hate crimes with an anti-Muslim or antisemitic bias.

    According to Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon, we are “witnessing the convergence of laicism – conceived as secularism, which relegates the faithful only to the private sphere and where every religious denomination is banal or stigmatized – with the overwhelming emergence of Islam, which attacks the infidels and those who reject the Koran.

    “On one hand, we are mocked by the media that discredit the action of the Church, in particular regarding sexual abuse, and on the other, there is the strengthening of Islamic fundamentalism. These are two joint realities,” he said.

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    CP&S comment: This shocking report demonstrates what many have seen coming ever since the Protestant revolution split Christendom apart, thus weakening the defences of the only Church Christ founded and that proclaims the fullness of Truth, the Catholic Church. This is the sorry outcome we are now witnessing today: uncontrolled vandalism with desecration of our Catholic patrimony, and a growing persecution and intolerance towards all Christianity here in its very “cradle” which is Europe. Are we going to sit back and let these enemies of Christ destroy what is left of our Christian heritage? Why is this horror taking place totally ignored by the secular media? Why is the Vatican under Francis silent on the matter?

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    Tijekom devet uzastopnih dana odvajat ćemo vrijeme da u tišini razmatramo o smislu svojega života. Svaki dan devetnice ima svoj naslov koji označava temu toga dana. Trebamo nastojati usredotočiti svoje razmatranje na biblijske tekstove i razmišljati o njima u svjetlu teme dana imajući na umu svoje potrebe i želje.Posvijestimo si da se nalazimo u Božjoj prisutnosti. Razmišljajući o osobama i nakanama za koje posebno želimo moliti zatražimo od Boga da blagoslovi nas i sve naše voljene. S pouzdanjem izrecimo svoje nakane Bogu.TEKST SE NASTAVLJA ISPOD OGLASAIzmolit ćemo uvodnu molitvu i zatim početi razmatrati biblijski tekst od toga dana. Polagano i smireno ponavljat ćemo Božje riječi dopuštajući im da natope našu nutrinu, sve što je u nama suho i neplodno, tjeskobno i plašljivo. Pokušajmo otvoriti svoje srce kako bismo čuli Gospodina koji nam govori o onome što nas muči. Posebno obratimo pozornost na misli i osjećaje koji se neočekivano pojave tijekom molitve… Poziva li nas Bog na nešto vezano uz naše nakane?Na koncu svoje molitve provedimo nekoliko trenutaka u tišini prisjećajući se teme dana. Zaključit ćemo molitvom Očenaša, Zdravo, Marijo, Slava Ocu te sa zaključnom molitvom.Prvi dan: Bog je s namaUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaTa dokle, Gospodine, dokle ćeš me zaboravljati?Dokle ćeš skrivati lice od mene?Dokle ću nositi bol u duši; tugu u srcu obdan i obnoć?Pogledaj, usliši, Gospodine, Bože moj!Prosvijetli mi očija se u tvoju dobrotu uzdam,nek’ mi se srce raduje spasenju tvome! Pjevat ću Gospodinu koji mi učini dobro, pjevat ću imenu Boga Svevišnjeg!TEKST SE NASTAVLJA ISPOD OGLASAPsalam 13,2–4.6–7I evo, ja sam s vama u sve dane – do svršetka svijeta.Evanđelje po Mateju 28,20Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Drugi dan: Bog je naše utočišteUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaGospodine, hridino moja, utvrdo moja, spase moj;Bože moj, pećino moja kojoj se utječem,štite moj, snago spasenja moga, tvrđavo moja! Zazvat ću Gospodina, hvale predostojna, i od dušmana bit ću izbavljen.Psalam 18,3–4Sada ovako govori Gospodin, koji te stvorio, Jakove,koji te sazdao, Izraele:“Ne boj se, jer ja sam te otkupio; imenom sam te zazvao: ti si moj!Kad preko vode prelaziš, s tobom sam; ili preko rijeke, neće te preplaviti. Pođeš li kroz vatru, nećeš izgorjeti, plamen te opaliti neće.Jer ja sam Gospodin, Bog tvoj,dragocjen si u mojim očima, vrijedan si i ja te ljubim. Ne boj se,jer ja sam s tobom.”Knjiga proroka Izaije 43,1–5Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Treći dan: Bog nas se uvijek spominjeUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaKličite, nebesa, veseli se, zemljo, podvikujte, planine, od veselja; jer Gospodin tješi narod svoj, on je milosrdan nevoljnima. Sion reče: “Gospod me ostavi, Gospod me zaboravi.”“Može li žena zaboravit’ svoje dojenče, ne imat’ sućuti za čedo utrobe svoje? Pa kad bi koja i zaboravila,tebe ja zaboraviti neću.Gle, u dlanove sam te svoje urezao, zidovi tvoji svagda su mi pred očima.”Knjiga proroka Izaije 49,13–16Mir vam ostavljam, mir vam svoj dajem.Dajem vam ga, ali ne kao što svijet daje. Neka se ne uznemiruje vaše srce i neka se ne straši.Evanđelje po Ivanu 14,27Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Četvrti dan: Bog poznaje naše potrebeUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaGospodin mi je svjetlost i spasenje:koga da se bojim?Gospodin je štit života moga:pred kime da strepim?Slušaj, o Gospodine, glas moga vapaja, milostiv mi budi, usliši me!Ne skrivaj lica svoga od mene. Ne odbij u gnjevu slugu svoga!Ti, pomoći moja, nemoj me odbaciti!I ne ostavi me, Bože, spasitelju moj!Ako me otac i mati ostave,Gospodin će me primiti.Psalam 27,1.7.9–10Zaista, zaista, kažem vam: što god zaištete u Oca, dat će vam u moje ime. Ištite i primit ćete.Evanđelje po Ivanu 16,23–24Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Peti dan: Bog se brine o namaUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaIštite i dat će vam se! Tražite i naći ćete! Kucajte i otvorit će vam se! Doista, tko god ište, prima; i tko traži, nalazi; i onomu koji kuca otvorit će se. Ta ima li koga među vama da bi svojemu sinu, ako ga zaište kruha, kamen dao? Ili ako ribu zaište, zar će mu zmiju dati? Ako dakle vi, iako zli, znate dobrim darima darivati djecu svoju, koliko li će više Otac vaš, koji je na nebesima, dobrima obdariti one koji ga zaištu!Evanđelje po Mateju 7,7–11Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Šesti dan: Povjeri Gospodinu sve svoje brigeUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaZato vam kažem: ne budite zabrinuti za život: što ćete jesti; ni za tijelo: u što ćete se obući. Ta život je vredniji od jela i tijelo od odijela. (…) Promotrite ljiljane, kako niti predu niti tkaju, a kažem vam: ni Salomon se u svoj svojoj slavi ne zaodjenu kao jedan od njih. Pa ako travu koja je danas u polju, a sutra se u peć baca Bog tako odijeva, koliko li će više vas, malovjerni!? Ne boj se, stado malo: svidjelo se Ocu vašemu dati vam Kraljevstvo.Evanđelje po Luki 12,22–23.27–28.32Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Sedmi dan: Bog je naša radostUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaČuvaj me, Bože, jer se tebi utječem. Gospodinu rekoh: “Ti si moj gospodar, nema mi blaženstva bez tebe!” Blagoslivljam Gospodina koji me svjetuje te me i noću srce opominje.Gospodin mi je svagda pred očima; jer mi je zdesna, neću posrnuti. Pokazat ćeš mi stazu u život, puninu radosti pred licem svojim, sebi zdesna blaženstvo vječno.Psalam 16,1–2.7–8.11Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Osmi dan: Bog nas ozdravljaUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaEvo, ja ću zaliječiti njihovu ranu, ja ću ih iscijeliti i ozdraviti i pružiti im obilje istinskoga mira. Promijenit ću udes zemlje Judine i Jeruzalema i podići ću ih da budu kao nekoć. Očistit ću ih od svakoga grijeha kojim sagriješiše protiv mene i oprostit ću im sve krivice koje mi skriviše odmetnuvši se od mene. I Jeruzalem će mi biti na radost, na hvalu i čast pred svim narodima svijeta: kad čuju za sve dobro kojim ću ih nadijeliti, divit će se i čuditi svoj onoj sreći i miru što ću im ja dati.Knjiga proroka Jeremije 33,6–9Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Deveti dan: Bog nas vodiUvodna molitvaUvijek živi Bože, ti se brineš o svemu što si stvorio. Daj nam hrabrost u trenutcima straha; kada nas tjeskoba nadvlada, ti nam obnovi vjeru u svoju providnost koja ljubi. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu, tvojemu Sinu. Amen.MeditacijaK tebi, Gospodine, uzdižem dušu svoju, u tebe se uzdam, Bože moj:ne daj da se postidim,da se ne vesele nada mnom dušmani! Pokaži mi, Gospodine, svoje putove, nauči me svojim stazama!Istinom me svojom vodi i pouči me, jer ti si Bog, moj Spasitelj:Ka Gospodinu su svagda oči moje upravljene, jer mi nogu izvlači iz zamke.Pogledaj na me i smiluj se meni, jer osamljen sam i nevoljan. Odagnaj tjeskobe srca moga, iz bojazni mojih izbavi me! Vidi nevolju moju i mukui oprosti sve grijehe moje!Psalam 25,2.4–5.15–18Više puta tijekom dana ponovite:Čim pomislim: “Noga mi posrće”, dobrota me tvoja, o Gospodine, podupire. Kad se skupe tjeskobe u srcu mome, tvoje mi utjehe dušu vesele.Psalam 94,18–19Završna molitvaBože, naš Oče, znamo da nas tvoja ljubav nikada ne će iznevjeriti. Ma kakve bile nevolje našega srca, ti nas uvijek vodiš i podupireš. Neka nam ljepota tvojega stvorenja – poljski ljiljani i ptice nebeske (usp. Lk 12,24.27) – bude stalan podsjetnik da ti nikada ne zaboravljaš ništa od onoga što si stvorio. To te molimo po Isusu Kristu tvojemu Sinu, Gospodinu našemu, sada i vazda i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.Tekst devetnice preuzet je iz knjižice “Devetnica u vrijeme tjeskobe”, o kojoj više možete saznati ovdje.Foundress of the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of JesusBorn Ignazia Verzeri++++++++++To you and your Institute Jesus Christ has given the precious gift of his heart, for from no one else can you learn holiness, he being the inexhaustible source of true holiness.
    –Saint Teresa Eustochio Verzeri, 1831
    ++++++++++Piety at home nurtured St. Teresa Eustochio Verzeri (born Ignazia Verzeri in Bergamo, Lombardy, on July 31, 1801). Our saint’s mother, Countess Elena Pedrocca-Grumelli, had considered entering the religious life. Elena heeded the advice of her sister, a Poor Clare nun, though; she decided to become a mother of holy children. Our saint’s father was Antonio Verzeri. The couple had seven children; Ignazia was the eldest one. A young brother, Girolamo de Conti Verzeri, served as the Bishop of Brescia from 1850 to 1853.Young Ignazia, educated at home and mentored spiritually by Giuseppe Benaglio, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bergamo, became a Benedictine nun at Bergamo. She, focused on the education of young girls at first, expanded her work after founding the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on February 8, 1831. She, the author of the orders Constitutions and Book of Duties, presided over the education of young girls, of course. She also presided over care for orphans, the elderly, the sick, and the infirm, and supervised retreat centers.St. Teresa died in Brescia on March 3, 1852. She was 50 years old.Holy Mother Church recognized our saint formally. She became a Venerable (in 1922, by Pope Pius XI), a Blessed (1946, by Pope Pius XII), and a full saint (2001, by Pope John Paul II).
    O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we,inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Teresa Eustochio Verzeri,may serve you with singleness of heat, and attain to the riches of the age to come,through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.Song of Songs 8:6-7Psalm 34Philippians 3:7-15Luke 12:33-37 or 9:57-62
    The band first performed at Pueblo, Colorado’s Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1970, and has been playing at Masses ever since.
    El Mariachi de Pueblo, a Mexican-styled band from Colorado that has exclusively performed at religious services, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The band, which has played in every Catholic Church in Pueblo, is made up of about 30 volunteer musicians, three of whom have been with them since their inception in 1970.
    The Pueblo Cheiftain spoke with one of these founding members, Jack Quinn, who explained that the band was formed after Fr. Bob Leach, from Sacred Heart Cathedral, invited a mariachi band to play during Mass. The service was such a hit that the parishioners called for the formation of a house band.

    Quinn told the Chieftain:

    “Everyone loved it. After the Mass, Father Leach invited Mass participants to consider creating a mariachi of its own. We started out with 75 singers and musicians, which consisted of trumpets, violins, guitars and a single marimba.

    “Throughout the years, the sounds of vihuela, guitarron (bass guitar), flutes, clarinets, cymbals and kazoo have added to the flavor of the music.”

    For 50 years El Mariachi de Pueblo has brought the church community together, drawing members from local parishes and families. The band is a staple of the Colorado state fair, and they never miss a Holy Day.

    If you’re in Colorado and would like to check out one of their performances, you can find them every Sunday at Holy Family Church (9:30 a.m.) and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (11 a.m.). Yes, that’s right, the band runs across town every week so they can play at two different churches.

    If you’re not in Colorado, check out their 2016 self-titled album.

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